FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The King University women's volleyball team's season came to a screeching halt on Saturday as they faced Conference Carolinas North Division champion Belmont Abbey College in a conference semifinal. The Tornado took the opening two sets, but Belmont Abbey came back to win the final three sets to take the match 3-2.
FINAL SCORE: North No. 1 Belmont Abbey 3, North No. 3 King 2 (24-26, 25-19, 25-16, 25-16, 15-12)
LOCATION: Shaw Athletic Center; Franklin Springs, Ga.
RECORDS: King 18-11; Belmont Abbey 23-9
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Belmont Abbey held a slim advantage in the early going, but stretched their lead to 23-17 before the Tornado went on a run.
- Julie Ward started the spurt with her second kill of the set. King scored four points before the Crusaders called for timeout.
- That didn't slow King down, however, as Kayley Holtzclaw came back with a kill and Tristyn Lozano evened the score at 23 with a block.
- The Crusaders scored a point after their second timeout, but the Tornado answered with three straight points, including a Ward ace to take the set 26-24.
- Ward started a 4-0 run for King that broke a 7-7 tie in the second set.
- Rebekah Hill and Holtzclaw gave King an 11-7 with a block to end the spurt.
- Belmont Abbey came back to get within one, but King answered with a 3-0 run to regain control of the set.
- King closed the set on a 7-2, capped by a kill from Hill that gave King the 25-19 victory.
- Belmont Abbey opened the third set on a roll, scoring eight straight points to open up a 13-3 advantage.
- King tried to answer with a four straight points, capped by a block from Hill and Georgia Davis.
- However, the Tornado couldn't get any closer as the Crusaders took the set 25-16.
- The Crusaders held a slim lead early in the fourth set, and used a 6-1 run to gain some separation at 12-6.
- Ward later pulled King within 16-14, but the Crusaders answered with four straight points.
- Belmont Abbey then closed the 25-16 victory with five of the final six points to force a fifth and decisive set.
- Three straight kills from Ward, Lozano and Abby Anderson gave King a 7-4 lead in the fifth set.
- King held a tight advantage throughout, until back-to-back kills from Belmont Abbey evened the score at 11.
- Hill then came up with a kill, giving King a 12-11 lead, but the Crusaders answered.
- Belmont Abbey scored the final four points, taking the set 15-12 and ending the season for the Tornado.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Ward led King with 16 kills and 19 digs.
- Hill followed with 15 kills while Davis chipped in with nine.
- Anderson handed out 49 assists and added nine digs in the final match for the senior.
- Lozano posted nine digs and five kills.
- Holzclaw added seven kills and five blocks.
- Angela Boudavong posted nine kills in her final match.
FOR THE FOES
- Mackenzie Chrapliwy led the way for Belmont Abbey with 16 kills and 16 digs.
- Cassidy Bonito followed with a triple-double, posting 15 kills, 45 assists and 13 digs.
- Sarah Kenney led the defense with 21 digs.